This will be a six (6) part series covering our team and what it is they do and provide for CKY and our customers.
Part Three: Who works the hardest at CKY, as far as physically? I don't think any team members will argue with this, but it definitely falls on the Monkeys. Who are the monkeys? the monkeys is what we refer to when talking about those young men, and some women, who carry your boats to and from the water, who set you off on your way, and who assist you when you get back. Any they all seem to do this with a smile... maybe not a big one... on their face!
Why are they called monkeys! It is not a derogatory term at all. In fact, our guys like being called that. Like a monkey, they are very fast paced when need be, but also like a monkey, when its time to catch your breath and chill, they will. Also, loading and unloading boats requires a lot of climbing on trailers, so they just look like a bunch of monkeys when they are doing their jobs.
Doesn't seem that hard? So we see on average, 5 people per weekend day. If we do the boat math, that would be around 150 canoes and 150 kayaks per day. We have three to five monkeys working. That means they each haul boats down to the water, and a lot of times back up from the water at the end of the day, around 50 to 75 times a piece. Canoes weigh 90 pounds, kayaks 50, and tandem kayaks, 85. It is a lot of work! Then, they do it in a timely enough manner that you do not have to sit and wait for your boat to be ready.
And in between all this boat throwing, there are life jackets to clean, paddles to put back up, trailers to park, vehicles to clean, shop to clean, trash to haul, and much, much more! And again, a lot of these boys use this as their first job. And we are not sure exactly why, but for some reason, the monkeys that work for us are all way above average when it come to intelligence. I mean, we have boys who have been to the Air Force Academy, we have one who graduated with a 4.0 plus from UK, we have competition aerospace engineer students, numerous mechanical and electrical engineer students, and much more. I guess all that brain needs some rest and a little heavy lifting takes it away!
So when you see our boys, tell em' thanks! They may not talk much, but they love what they do and they love seeing you have fun. They work very very hard, and do a great job providing a timely and safe experience. And maybe when you come off the water they may not be the most social person in the worlds, but think about all the work they have done that day, and put yourselves in their shoes. We love them for their commitment, and they role in this business is crucial!